This season I’ll be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college basketball season. My poll philosophy is ranking the teams I believe are the best twenty five best in the country following that given week’s games. These rankings tip off this week and will run until January, when then we shift our projections to "mock brackets". The complete poll is listed below. (This Poll was conducted at 7pm Monday December 19th )

1) Villanova

2) UCLA

3) Kansas

4) Baylor

5) Kentucky

6) Duke

7) North Carolina

8) Creighton

9) Gonzaga

10) Louisville 

11) West Virginia 

12) Purdue

13) Xavier

14) Wisconsin

15) Virginia 

16) Arizona

17) Butler 

19) USC

20) Indiana 

21) Oregon 

22) Florida State 

23) Cincinnati

24) South Carolina 

25) St.Mary's 

Swing and Miss on Butler- Last week one of our notes was that Butler was a borderline Top 25 team and that may have ranked them too low. I was wrong in my rankings in where I put Butler. In the preseason, I believed Butler had the best potential of any team outside the Top 25 to make a run in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs' win over Indiana will be brought up much more when the tournament  committee evaluates team's in March.

Lonzo Ball Best Player in the Country? Right now the answer is Yes! Ball is a huge reason why the Bruins are undefeated and a top 2 team in the country. Ball is beating a 14.3 points, 8.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. The 6'6' freshman could end up bringing home a lot of hardware in a few months.